Our Young Eco Leaders are burning to make a difference in their rainforest community through experimenting good conservation practices that bring sustainability to family farming.This program brings together students and farmers to learn from one another, turbocharge good environmental practices of conservation land management to protect soils and water, guarantee long term productivity and ensure better care for the forests that benefit us all.
What is the issue, problem, or challenge?
Most of the land around Iracambi belongs to family farmers who, in the absence of guidance and incentives, are unsure how to adopt sound conservation practices. Local government lacks the resources to provide leadership, with the result that the soils are exhausted, water resources are stressed, the forest is cleared to provide more land. Furthermore, due to lack of opportunities local youth no longer see a future for themselves on the farms.
How will this project solve this problem?
The Young Eco Leaders are a group of enthusiastic high school students who, for the first time in their lives, have studied real field science at Iracambi and now it's time for them to put their skills to work! Pooling their knowledge with local farmers, they are learning how to take sound conservation decisions, creating a future of abundance which will allow interested students to stay on the land and bring about a sustainable future for forests and for themselves.
Potential Long Term Impact
Young people everywhere complain of not having enough to do. Yet when they are involved in programs that excite them and stimulate their creativity we all benefit. With a basic scientific training, an enhanced understanding of the extraordinary biodiversity of the rainforest, and hands-on involvement in conservation, our Young Eco-Leaders can become change makers in their community, benefiting 1000 farm families with increased opportunities, while honing their skills as tomorrow's leaders.
Total Funding Received to Date: $690
Remaining Goal to be Funded: $9,310
Total Funding Goal: $10,000